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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

how it works

"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.".... Buddha
i made more revenue in 2009 than i had realized. surely it was all the jobs i had. it's easy to remember how busy i have been, because that is something i aim for. but less obvious is the money that comes along with that. firstly, probably because i like to spend as quickly as i earn, but i think also it is due to the fact that i don't live for earning money. it's part of the process. i live to work and the work brings money.

this may seem contrary to many peoples perspectives on work and money. i say that is fine with me. i do live to work at this stage in my life. there were so many years that i dreaded going to work, looked for ways to get outa work, and felt that the work i did was vapid and draining that i can't allow myself to return to that mindset. additionally, there were times i couldn't find a vocation that i felt connected to me as much as i felt connected to it. ( i'm sure the lithium helps here, btw).

but i am immersed in activity that allows me to connect with people , help create and promote change and growth, and share my experience, strength, and hope while working with others. it's true that i feel blessed and strive to remember that every day.

i have received two of my irs documents for tax year 2009 and i am reminded of prosperity and abundance. there is a stipend to pay for that privilege and preparing my mind for taxes is a part of that process. i am familiar with so many individuals who live on disability and/or social security and may not reflect my views on abundance. i acknowledge that separation. and i find gratitude for the ability to pay them.

I don't need to look much further than my own experience to find inspiration to continue each day. not so long ago, i was struggling with finding reasons to keep going at all, and this in the midst of living in a magical city, earning a lot of dollars, and being surrounded with friendships. but my soul was arid and my brain was out of balance. i woke most days with a cloudy head and a tattered heart. each day i wake now, when the former is not the case, is much of the blessing for me. and a good place to begin exploring my day.

today's sound choice is really for my friend sheria.. she said she loved this particular version of this song. i have to say i agree with her. here is bruce springsteen with "we shall overcome" from "hope for haiti now".
it is short, but very very sweet



1 comment:

Java said...

I like the picture. The contrasting/conflicting elements work together in an interesting way.

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